Three of the released hostages were US defence contractors
Colombia’s Farc rebels say betrayal by two of their own fighters led to the dramatic release of Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages last week. The two guerrillas were captured by Colombian soldiers posing as aid workers, in a move which freed the hostages without a shot being fired. In its first communique since the release, Farc said the pair betrayed their revolutionary principles.
Betancourt: Rescue in Colombia was ‘impeccable’
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Colombian spies tricked leftist rebels into handing over kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors Wednesday in a daring helicopter rescue so successful that not a single shot was fired.
American CIA agents freed in rescue
The Americans – Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell – were flying directly to the United States to reunite with their families, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said. After being shot down and captured, they became the longest-held American hostages in the world.
Colombia Rescues Hostages Held by Guerrilla Group for Years
Washington Post – 1 hour ago
By William Branigin The Colombian military today rescued 15 hostages from a leftist guerrilla group, including three American defense contractors and former Colombia presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
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